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TS18: The Go-Everywhere Diesel

Written by: Gary Dolzall.

EMD’s versatile GP40-2 is coming to Train Simulator in five distinctive railroad liveries!

Between 1972 and 1986, Electro-Motive constructed 1,143 of its versatile and remarkably successful GP40-2 diesel road-switchers. The 3,000-horsepower “Geep” went to work for 27 original railroad buyers and could be found toiling in virtually every corner of the United States, as well as in Canada and Mexico. Even today, more than four decades after its introduction, the EMD GP40-2 remains a reliable workhorse of American railroading.

This extraordinary “go-everywhere” diesel is coming soon to Train Simulator, and in five classic and distinctive railroad liveries, the landmark GP40-2 will be ready for Train Simulator service on routes from coast-to-coast! Train Simulator’s upcoming GP40-2 Loco Pack will feature the veteran EMD road-switcher in the popular railroad liveries of Denver & Rio Grande (D&RGW); Western Pacific; Union Pacific; Norfolk Southern; and CSX (YN3).

Rio Grande and Western Pacific were original customers for the GP40-2. D&RGW acquired its first dozen GP40-2s in April 1972 and went on to acquire a roster of 37 of the diesels through 1983. Western Pacific purchased a fleet of 15 GP40-2s in 1979-80, and both western roads put the four-axle (B-B) diesels to work in a variety of duties, including priority services.

Union Pacific was not an original buyer of the GP40-2, but through mergers (including with the D&RGW and Western Pacific, as well as the Southern Pacific/Cotton Belt), the UP acquired an expansive collection of the EMD diesels, many of which continue in active service today.

Like the Union Pacific, eastern rail giants Norfolk Southern and CSX were not original purchasers of the GP40-2 but have since built large fleets. Norfolk Southern acquired 71 GP40-2s with its portion of Conrail in 1999. And among the 27 original buyers of the GP40-2 were no less than 11 railroads that would eventually become (in whole or in part) members of today’s giant CSX system. The pre-CSX railroads that purchased the GP40-2 included the four largest CSX predecessors: Chesapeake & Ohio; Baltimore & Ohio, Seaboard Coast Line; and Louisville & Nashville. It included notable mid-sized roads such as Western Maryland and Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac. And it included inheriting a portion of Conrail’s GP40-2 fleet when CSX and NS acquired and divided that railroad in 1999. All told, CSX predecessor railroads accounted for more than 450 GP40-2s. Like Union Pacific, both Norfolk Southern and CSX continue to utilize the reliable and able GP40-2 in a variety of duties today.

Train Simulator’s upcoming GP40-2 will feature railroad-specific details (such as headlight placements) and advanced features (including “running” and “cold and dark” versions). The GP40-2 Loco Pack will also include a selection of appropriate freight rolling stock, including an all-new D&RGW three-bay hopper used for Dolomite service; UP steel coil car; CSX 50-foot box car; stone/ballast hopper; 3-bay covered hopper; and 86-foot auto-parts boxcar.

The GP40-2 Loco Pack will include a trio of career scenarios for the Salt Lake City Extension of the Soldier Summit route (available separately) which are based upon actual D&RGW operations – and with its five liveries, the GP40-2 will be ideal to put to work on a wide variety of Train Simulator U. S. routes from coast-to-coast. No doubt, all the skilled scenario creators at Steam Workshop will be very busy when the GP40-2 Loco Pack is released! – Gary Dolzall

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The Electro-Motive GP40-2 is coming soon to Train Simulator in five classic railroad liveries, ready for service on routes from coast to coast! The GP40-2 Loco Pack will feature the veteran EMD road-switcher in the distinctive liveries of Denver & Rio Grande Western, Union Pacific, and Western Pacific (above), plus CSX and Norfolk Southern (below).

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Rio Grande and Western Pacific were original customers for the GP40-2. D&RGW acquired its first GP40-2s in April 1972 and went on to acquire a roster of 37 of the versatile diesels (above). Western Pacific purchased 15 GP40-2s (below) in 1979-80, and both western roads put the four-axle (B-B), 3,000-horsepower diesels to work in a variety of duties.

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Union Pacific was not an original buyer of the GP40-2, but through mergers (including with the D&RGW and Western Pacific, as well as the Southern Pacific/Cotton Belt), the UP acquired an expansive collection of the EMD diesels, many of which continue in active service today.

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Like the UP, Norfolk Southern and CSX were not original purchasers of the GP40-2 but built large fleets. Norfolk Southern acquired 71 GP40-2s (above) with its portion of Conrail. And among the original buyers of the GP40-2 were no less than 11 railroads that would eventually become members of today’s CSX system. All told, CSX predecessor railroads accounted for more than 450 GP40-2s (below).

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The GP40-2 Loco Pack will include career scenarios for the Salt Lake City Extension of the Soldier Summit route (available separately) based upon actual D&RGW operations. A duo of D&RGW GP40-2s are preparing to depart Salt Lake City’s Roper Yard with the railroad’s high-priority “Railblazer” piggyback.

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The GP40-2 in its five liveries will be ideal to put to work on a wide variety of Train Simulator U. S. routes. On the Feather River Canyon route, Western Pacific’s “Ford Fast” auto parts train is crossing famed Spanish Creek Trestle at Keddie, California (above), while on the Peninsula: San Francisco to Gilroy route, a pair of venerable Union Pacific Geeps are handling switching duties in the San Francisco Bay pier district (below).

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On America’s east coast, Norfolk Southern and CSX GP40-2s team up to work a Conrail Assets local freight on the North Jersey Coast Line (above), while in Florida a pair of CSX Geeps roll empty stone hoppers south along the Miami – West Palm Beach route (below). Train Simulator’s upcoming GP40-2 will feature railroad-specific details and advanced features (including “running” and “cold and dark” versions) and include a selection of freight rolling stock.

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Highballing D&RGW Train 179 through the Jordon Narrows on the Sale Lake City Extension route are a trio of Rio Grande GP40-2s. Electro-Motive’s highly successful and long-lived GP40-2 – the “go-everywhere” diesel – is coming soon to Train Simulator!

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